Time to switch QuakerQuaker

Time to switch QuakerQuaker: I think it’s time to move QuakerQuaker.org over to the new site. I first talked about this last fall in “Big Changes Coming.” The new site is not necessarily ready but this has always been a website’s that’s about experimentation and evolution. It will change and grow

Some of the things I wanted to do won’t happen. Most frustratingly, the old website won’t export very well. The Ning platform we’re moving from is too inconsistent (just one more symptom of a web service that long ago went to seed). I have a less-integrated backup that I will try to provide. In the meantime, I’d like everyone to try this new site and give feedback in the comments below. If some of you could also help one more time with funding the transition, that would be helpful; the Paypal’s about $30 short. You can use the PaypalMe account to help out.

–Martin for QuakerQuaker

 

Revisioning The Nursery of Truth – Part 1

Revisioning The Nursery of Truth – Part 1

So then you have a nursery of truth working to apprentice people to their particular tradition so they can interpret it and reinterpret it wherever they travel and whatever they face, second there was an underlying assumption that to be a Quaker was to be a part of a community of truth and third, there was a liberatory, counter-narrative quality, an initially perceived “untruth” to the prophetic, Spirit-led understanding of truth in the Quaker tradition.

The art of displaced Europeans fed by Quaker-led relief efforts in the 1920s

The art of displaced Europeans fed by Quaker-led relief efforts in the 1920s

The question, like the exhibit, is haunting yet hopeful. “Giving Voices to Ghosts” is made up artwork and poems created in the 1920s by children (all over Germany including an orphanage in Kopenick, Germany, as well as schools in Trier) who were among the millions in Europe—primarily in Germany and Austria—fed by Quaker-led relief efforts after World War I. The children’s artwork was given to Friends more than 90 years ago as a show of gratitude for the food—sometimes just 600 calories a day—that kept them hopeful and alive in their time of need.

The art of displaced Europeans fed by Quaker-led relief efforts in the 1920s

The art of displaced Europeans fed by Quaker-led relief efforts in the 1920s

The question, like the exhibit, is haunting yet hopeful. “Giving Voices to Ghosts” is made up artwork and poems created in the 1920s by children (all over Germany including an orphanage in Kopenick, Germany, as well as schools in Trier) who were among the millions in Europe—primarily in Germany and Austria—fed by Quaker-led relief efforts after World War I. The children’s artwork was given to Friends more than 90 years ago as a show of gratitude for the food—sometimes just 600 calories a day—that kept them hopeful and alive in their time of need.

A Radical, Liberation Christian Quakerism

A Radical, Liberation Christian Quakerism

When I survey the landscape it seems that the middle way has been all but cut out of Quakerism. There are very few places one could go if they were left-leaning, social Gospel Christian Quakers. I am looking for something like what Dorothee Soëlle calls a “radical, liberation Christianity,” as opposed to a “liberal” or “conservative” one.

A Radical, Liberation Christian Quakerism

A Radical, Liberation Christian Quakerism

When I survey the landscape it seems that the middle way has been all but cut out of Quakerism. There are very few places one could go if they were left-leaning, social Gospel Christian Quakers. I am looking for something like what Dorothee Soëlle calls a “radical, liberation Christianity,” as opposed to a “liberal” or “conservative” one.

A Radical, Liberation Christian Quakerism

A Radical, Liberation Christian Quakerism

When I survey the landscape it seems that the middle way has been all but cut out of Quakerism. There are very few places one could go if they were left-leaning, social Gospel Christian Quakers. I am looking for something like what Dorothee Soëlle calls a “radical, liberation Christianity,” as opposed to a “liberal” or “conservative” one.

Convicted

Convicted

Fortunately, during those early days in Canada I also came into contact with members of the Religious Society of Friends. Despite a lifelong aversion to any kind of religion, and perhaps especially to anything Christian, I found myself so moved by the kindness, the thoughtfulness and the decency of Friends that I began to think it might be time to reconsider my antipathy.

Associations offer model for Pacific Northwest Friends

Associations offer model for Pacific Northwest Friends

Churches removed from Northwest Yearly Meeting and those considering leaving started discussions in February about what a new thing might look like. Two associations – one in California and another in the Midwest – give meetings examples for a way to be together.

Associations offer model for Pacific Northwest Friends

Associations offer model for Pacific Northwest Friends

Churches removed from Northwest Yearly Meeting and those considering leaving started discussions in February about what a new thing might look like. Two associations – one in California and another in the Midwest – give meetings examples for a way to be together.